Dickinson's Biggest and Best Deals: 1800s brooch sells for £700
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Dickinson’s Biggest and Best Deals aired on Sunday on ITV, showcasing David Dickinson’s biggest deals that guests were given on his show Real Deal. One guest approached the table with a small brooch that he revealed his wife had bought at the charity shop for £2, walking away with an unexpected amount of money.
Expert Mark Stevens began and asked guest Simon: “Beautiful, enamelled garnet brooch, right up my street, do you know anything about it?”
Simon replied: “Only what my wife has described to me, she says that it’s a gold and semi-precious stone, so it was very pretty, and she likes it very much.”
“Ok, well, it has a name this particular piece of jewellery, Holbeinesque. Now, real Holbeinesque jewellery is from the neo-renaissance period,” Mark explained.
“It is worth lots and lots of money, this is the revival period. This was made between 1860 and 1870.”
Shocked at how old the brooch was, Simon revealed: “I didn’t realise it was that old, I don’t think my wife did either when she saw it, and she bought it about 15 years ago, I think she fell in love with it then!”
Mark continued: “It’s a great bit of history, and I love this period of jewellery, now this has actually two functions.
“See this little broken piece here, there would have been a pin come off of that, the pin would lock into this part here.
“But do you see right at the very top there, the little hook, that little hook you could hang it from a chain so could use it as a pendant.
“I love the quality of it, and I like the way that it’s in such good condition apart from one pin,” Mark told the guest.
He asked: “So why do you want to sell this piece now?” to which Simon explained: “I spoke to my wife, and she never wears it.
“It would be good to sell it,” to which Mark began offering some money: “Ok fine, I think it’s a good time to put some money on the table.”
Mark offered Simon £700 for the brooch his wife found in a charity shop, with the guest exclaiming: “That’s an awful lot of money, it’s certainly a lot more money than I expected it to be worth.
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“But I think that it a very reasonable offer.” Mark asked Simon whether he would like to take the offer to which he replied: “I think I would, Mark.”
The pair shook hands and finalised the deal, but not before Mark asked how much his wife had paid for the brooch initially.
“My wife actually bought it in a charity shop which she only paid £2 for,” this revelation left Mark gobsmacked.
“£2? £2! Well, I’m very happy for you, I’m happy for what I paid for it, but that is one amazing deal you’ve had there,” Mark joked.
Speaking to the cameras after, Simon said: “I had no idea what just happened, I’m absolutely flabbergasted.
“I think my wife will be when I take this money home, it’s unbelievable.”
David Dickinson hosts Real Deal, which allows guests to bring in family heirlooms and vintage items to be auctioned.
The show saw a lot of success, with the guests walking away with hundreds more than they originally anticipated.
Dickinson’s Biggest and Best Deals is available to watch on ITV Hub.
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